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Dr Matthew Norton

Why don’t we think about brain health in the same way we think about heart health?

Dr Matthew Norton

This is a cross-post with the Royal Society for Public Health.   Although we haven’t seen any new treatments for dementia in over 15 years, there has been considerable progress in research to understand the underlying diseases. Recent developments in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, including the development of molecular biomarkers of the disease, present […]

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Behind the headlines: Pfizer finds new ways to support dementia research

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

Last week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it was backing new avenues of funding for neurodegeneration research – the area that includes research into Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause dementia. This news comes just five months after Pfizer announced it would scale back its investment in dementia research, choosing to fund external projects rather than […]

Behind the headlines: Pfizer scales back investment but hope remains for a dementia treatment

Dr Matthew Norton

Recent news from the pharmaceutical industry that Pfizer is reducing its investment in dementia research has highlighted some of the barriers to research, and the increased need for shared responsibility in bringing treatments to people in need. It’s easy to get bogged down by headlines that use words like “abandon” to describe what’s happening to […]

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Dementia can no longer be ignored

Dr Matthew Norton

This blog is a cross-post with The Huffington Post. Almost daily, we are inundated with headlines about the devastating impact of dementia – on a personal, social and financial level. This week’s headlines featured a new report highlighting the increasing pressures on England’s health services, partly due to the rising number of people dying from […]

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Alzheimer’s Research UK and the launch of our Manifesto

Dr Matthew Norton

Late September and early October saw the latest series of autumn party conferences, these are the first party conferences since the general election and, particularly in the case of the Labour Party, see a chance to review current positions and present a new approach for the next five years of parliament. At Alzheimer’s Research UK […]

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$100m global Dementia Discovery Fund

Dr Matthew Norton

Today the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt announced plans for a $100m global Dementia Discovery Fund at the inaugural WHO Global Action Against Dementia meeting in Geneva. Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to be part of this unique and innovative initiative, a world first for dementia research. What is the Fund? The Investment […]

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World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Dementia

Dr Matthew Norton

On 16 and 17 March 2015, the World Health Organization will be hosting their first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia. Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, will be invited to come together for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by […]

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Dementia Forum 2015 report: a global call to action

Dr Matthew Norton

Today’s headlines feature a new report from the World Innovation Health Summit Dementia Forum 2015, which underlines the need for global action to tackle dementia. The report makes recommendations to help fight dementia – including steps to attract new investment for research – and outlines some of the obstacles that have hampered research so far. […]

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